Cumming Daycare Center Accused of Locking Toddler in Closet

Daycare Center Accused of Locking Toddler in Closet

A father from Cumming is insisting that the daycare center that watches his son purposely locked the sixteen month old into a closet on April 7, Fox 5 reports.

The father, Tony Moore, says he went to the Discovery Point child care center in Cumming to pick up his son that Thursday afternoon. He did not see his son, but he heard his cries of distress.

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“When I walked in, I heard him crying. I thought he was behind a bookshelf. I looked around a bit, called his name out a few times, and he kind of pushed his way out of a locked closet. It was locked with a dead bolt,” Moore said.

He found his infant son, Chase, upset and covered in his own vomit inside the daycare closet. Employees of Discovery Point did not know how long the boy had been trapped.

Security footage shows an unnamed employee walking into the closet; young Chase followed her. Seconds later, the employee exited the closet without the toddler, closing and locking the door behind her. Chase remained in the closet until ten minutes later, when his father arrived to pick him up.

According to Fox 5, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has reviewed the footage and ruled the incident an accident.

This conclusion did not satisfy Tony Moore.

“The whole time she looks like she’s looking to make sure nobody is watching her,” Moore said of the security footage and the daycare employee.

Discovery Point declined to comment on the matter to CBS 46.

Fox 5 reports that Bright from the Start, the Georgia state agency in charge of child care and early education, is launching an investigation into the incident.

The agency’s rule book does explicitly ban locking a child into any dark, isolated area, such as a closet. However, there must be intent on the part of the employee.

It could take several weeks for the agency to reach a conclusion in the matter, CBS 46 says.

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